America hates fat people. There, I said it. I'll say it again: America hates fat people. We make America feel uncomfortable. We require attention. You cannot ignore us as we walk down a street, or sit in our car, or dare to enter a mall.
Most people don't think about fat insects or hibernating animals when they talk about the cause of obesity, so it's refreshing to see a book that tackles obesity as a normal process that all animals have learned.
Economists tell us investments in our children pay off the most when made at the earliest ages. And isn't that what real investments are?
We will never convince the intransigent ideologues of the error of their ways, but the media can -- and must -- do better at presenting accurate and complete information about pesticides.
Obesity bias needs to be fixed. We are most likely to fix it when standing on a solid bedrock of understanding it at its origins. We can then replace the crude and obsolete survival-related imperatives bestowed to us in our genes, with the better angels of our nature.
Why should all families, all schools, all community leaders, all employers and all policymakers watch this series? Because it so effectively undermines our fatalism about the seemingly intractable obesity crisis.
Health experts are unanimous about the effect our diet as a whole has on health, and on cancer risk. The World Health Organization estimates that 25 percent of death burden in developed countries is due to lifestyle -- completely up to us -- risk factors.
Losing weight permanently is not a result of tips and diets. It is the result of learning a new way to think, establishing healthy thinking habits and behavior habits.
One thing is for sure. If insurers have to insure you, regardless of your health habits and profile, and can't charge you more for poor health habits, they are going to charge more overall.
In part 1 of this interview, Dr. Susan Katz, a retired pediatrician, biochemist, and present Chair of the Environmental Health Work Group of the Orego...
Let us take the people who are the greatest examples of health and put them in charge of the regulations that affect our own health. And let us take the most peaceful people and make them our leaders.
Time and money are the biggest perceived obstacles to eating well. Neither is real. We have bought in to the insidious marketing messages: "You deserve a break today." Give me a break!
What many people do not understand is that being healthy does not mean you have to be a fitness addict. There are small tweaks you can make to your everyday routine that will not only make you feel better now, but will add years to your life.
California is suffering from an epidemic of obesity. We need meaningful, evidence-based changes in our consumption and activity patterns. A soda tax is a small but important step towards changing consumption, and should be part of a multi-faceted approach to combat obesity.
As a physician, I always encourage patients to make lifestyle changes to improve their health. We aren't able to change our genetic makeup, but we should choose what we eat more carefully because the right foods may be able to prevent kidney disease.
Knowledge could be power. A way to health -- for us, and our kids -- could be allied to the will we have for it. But only if we come together, and do something.